April 20, 2020 Weekly News

Principal's News

Teachers and staff have been staying connected by posting videos and photos on our TLNT Instagram page.  If you have not joined, it is highly recommended.  We can be found on Instagram at: tlnteam
Teachers and staff continue to create opportunities and experiences for students to learn and stay connected in this time of distance learning.  We are continuing to offer support.  We encourage students to reach out to teachers, staff and principals with questions, comments and concerns. If your family is in need of school supplies, please contact Cori Carpenter, Kristen Ugrin or teachers and we can set up a time to pick up or deliver.  This includes the need for devices.  Other resources are available by visiting our Distance Learning Portal
For a fun way to stay connected, we encourage families to participate in the:

Painted Rock Challenge with Ms. Xavier

Who will find the most painted rocks in San Carlos? 


Tierra Linda artists have been staying creative during our Shelter-in-Place orders! Numerous students are not only turning in photos of their latest creations, but some, like Emma Yip, 6th grade artist at TL, are coming up with ideas on ways to bring the community together! Emma and I found out that we have enjoyed collecting and painting rocks for years. Painting rocks is a fun, easy art project that anyone can do! Simply get a rock, clean off the surface, and use some brushes to paint it (acrylics work best).

So, starting Friday, April 17th, we’re launching the Painted Rock Challenge! Find some rocks in your own garden. Paint the rocks to look like other things (emojis, frogs, ladybugs, etc.) or write words on them (positive phrases, your school logo, or shout out to a friend).

Place the rocks around your home or in your garden, mailbox, or other unexpected places. Be mindful not to leave them where they could fall on people or where people might trip on them. :-) When you’re out walking, riding your skateboard, or taking the dog out, search for the painted rocks. Take photos of them and upload them to the TLNT (Tierra Linda News Team) Instagram feed. See who posts photos of YOUR rocks! Find as many as you can! Ms. Xavier is encouraging students to participate in painting rocks with messages and putting them around the community.  Remember to post a photos.

Stay healthy and safe until we are together again,

Kristen Ugrin

Measure X Parcel Tax Information

On behalf of the San Carlos School District, we want to thank you for your support of this Measure! We greatly appreciate 💙the community’s support of our students and this investment in their future. We extend a special thank you to the volunteers, campaign contributors, parents, staff, and community members for their endorsement and support of Measure N.



Thanks to everybody who attended our virtual PTA meeting last week.  The group approved to redirect PTA funds to address distance learning needs.  Both principals will be receiving funds to offer additional resources/tools to our entire staff as they administer distance learning to our students.  Our librarian, Jamie Baxter, will also be given funds to purchase more digital books which our students can access while libraries are closed due to the shelter in place order. 


Many thanks to everybody who participated in the PTA Coordinating Council gift card drive.  Please click on the Support & Resources tab on the SCSD Distance Learning portal for additional information on how to receive or give support during this time. 


Greetings from deep inside the "virtual library”!  Beginning in late December we launched a "March Madness Book Challenge" with 16 fantastic reads.  Students had three months to read as many books as they could. Voting began at the beginning of March and I’m happy to say the program was a rousing success!  We had so many students reading books that there was an unprecedented number of "hold" requests. 


Our first annual TL Student Choice Award Winner is Resistance by Jennifer Nielsen.  It was hands-down the kids' favorite book!  


Thanks to the generosity of the TLM PTA, I will be using additional funds to purchase more digital books.   We launched Sora by Overdrive yesterday which is similar to the public library’s Libby. Sora provides access to e-books and audiobooks through our school library.  Some of the books are free during distance learning, but I will be purchasing additional titles that are popular with the kids to get them engaged. Audible & the Junior Library Guild is also offering some great free listening choices.  

Please encourage your kids to check out my classroom posts to find out more about all the great reads out there!  


Stay healthy & safe!


Jamie Baxter

San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)

SCEF is proud to present Some Good News--The San Carlos Edition. This is a result of the hardworking teacher Nick Lamb, and students of his video class at Central Middle School. See recent episodes and other SCEF News at http://www.scefkids.org/news/

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Virtual Starlight Gala. The response was phenomenal with over $230,000 for the schools. We are grateful to everyone who participated during this uncertain time.

While early fundraising has been strong, we still need to raise $700,000 to meet our $2.8MM goal. If your employer has a workplace giving program (https://doublethedonation.com/scef), and you are able to give, please consider making a contribution now. Many large companies have recently increased the matching within their program. Or perhaps commit to a monthly amount that helps you achieve your desired annual gift, over time - https://www.scefkids.org/donate/

We are committed to working with the community to meet our 2019-2020 goal and raise as much as we can to support public education in San Carlos.

Emergency Childcare Essential Workforce Survey

Many parents in our community are essential workers, and we want to connect you with organizations that are providing emergency childcare if that is a need you have. The Childcare Coordinating Council (4Cs) is centralizing the planning and sharing out of these resources. Please complete this short, 8-question online survey to be connected to 4Cs’ child care resource and referral staff who will help you find emergency child care. You may receive this survey more than once. Please complete one per family.

Link to the Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SMC_COVID19_childcare

For definitions of the essential workforce for each sector, please refer to the State Public Health Officer's designated list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.” https://covid19.ca.gov/img/EssentialCriticalInfrastructureWorkers.pdf

For questions about this survey or emergency child care for essential workers, please email [email protected].

San Carlos Hometown Days Rescheduled

After much thought and discussion, the San Carlos Hometown Days Committee has decided to reschedule Hometown Days 2020 from May 15-17 to August 28-30. We are sad that we have to postpone Hometown Days, but felt that this was a fitting decision due to the times and due to the fact that originally HTD was actually held in the fall.

We are committed to putting on a great celebration for our 40th Anniversary! We are looking forward to seeing you in the end of August!!
Cheers to 40 Years!!!

Census 2020

Completing the 2020 Census has never been easier! If you misplaced your 12-digit Census ID or don’t know how to start the process, you still have time. Visit the County of San Mateo - Government's Census page for more information - https://cmo.smcgov.org/census-2020-san-mateo-county

Camp Galileo Anywhere

Galileo Camps is now offering Camp Galileo Anywhere—a week's worth of FREE activities delivered to inboxes each weekend for families to add to their routine. For an hour each day, kids can engage in engineering and art projects, energizing movement games and live experiences facilitated by expert educators. Plus, all weekly emails are bundled with support for parents and educators by including printable resources, follow-up questions and ideas for self-care.

Learn more and subscribe at - https://bit.ly/anywhere-host-subscribe